Spring bird migration: Where to see them in Northern Utah

NORTHERN UTAH — World Migratory Bird Day is May 11, and it’s time for the annual migration of migratory birds. Nearly 350 species of birds travel between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean each year.

The 26th annual Great Salt Lake Bird Festival will take place from May 16 to 19, showcasing the vast array of birds that call Utah home. Choose from over 60 birding field trips.

Antelope Island State Park is also a great place to see a variety of shorebirds—and burrowing owls. Other places to view migrating birds include East Canyon, Hyrum, Echo, and Pineview Reservoirs.

Early mornings (between 6-9 a.m.) are the best times to find birds, as they tend to be more active and vocal during those hours.

An unidentified species of bird sits atop a tree Thursday at an elevation of approximately 9,000 ft. Photo: Marina Knight

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